Dear Parents, Families and Visitors
I am delighted to wish you a very warm welcome to the Newton Primary School and Nursery Community. At Newton, we are very proud of our positive and inclusive ethos with a strong emphasis on building children’s confidence and celebrating success. We take pride in being a friendly and welcoming school where we aim to create a climate for learning based on our shared values of kindness, fairness respect, responsibility and unity.
At Newton Primary we have high and attainable expectations for all the children in our care. We aspire to become a learning community capable of continuous improvement, ensuring we provide the highest quality learning and teaching experiences for all our children. We do this by offering exciting, relevant and challenging contexts for learning within a stimulating environment. Where possible, by allowing children to have choice in their learning, and relating learning to real life relevant experiences, children are more able to link and apply learning across the curricular areas. In doing so giving the children invaluable skills and a real sense of purpose to their learning and ensuring our children feel school is a dynamic, active, caring and happy place to learn and where parents feel confident to trust us with their child’s education.
Children, parents and staff identify strongly and are proud to be associated with our school. Opportunities for leadership are offered to children, staff, parents and carers. We value partnership working, and continue to find new ways to involve and serve our local, wider and global community. We invite all parents and members of our wider community to contribute to the rounded education we offer in Newton Primary School and Nursery. Our ‘Newton Families Together’ Parent Council offer very positive support to the school.
We encourage children to share wider and personal achievements as this encourages them to be proud of their efforts and helps to build motivation, resilience and confidence. We celebrate these through assemblies, class achievement displays and through social and local media.
You can also follow Newton Primary School via Twitter @NewtonPrimary01. We hope you and your family will enjoy being important members of our school community, and we look forward to working with you.
We are always happy to show prospective children and their parents round the school so please telephone 01786 237920 to arrange a visit.
History of the local area – The name of our school comes from Newton Farm, which goes back as far as the Charter of 1655 when Oliver Cromwell confirmed James Pearson of Kippenross as the owner. The streets, which encircle the school, Newton Crescent and Ochiltree, are named after the Bishop of Dunblane (between 1429 to 1447). The tractor and cross on our badge reflect the rich history of our local area.
Our building and grounds: Our modern purpose-built school is situated to the north east of Dunblane. Our school is non-denominational and opened in August 1996. The school provides attractive, bright and pleasant accommodation for around 450 children, has fifteen classrooms and communal open areas, a large refurbished library space and music room, a fully equipped gym, production kitchen and dining hall.
Outdoors, there is an extensive asphalt play area, with Trim Trail, an outdoor classroom and a large fenced playing field.
Both the nursery and school enjoy their own gardens where we plant for wildlife, grow our own vegetables and fruit trees. We make use of the immediate environment and local woods around the school and within Dunblane for outdoor learning.
Linda Kane, Headteacher